What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws that are implanted or put into the bone to simulate the root of a lost tooth. It gives us something to attach a new tooth to replace the one you lost.

Why would I need a dental implant?

There are several reasons why you might need a dental implant. You may have lost a tooth due to a large cavity or gum disease, or perhaps an existing bridge has failed. Other reasons could include bone loss due to gum disease, teeth grinding, or a tooth splitting right down the middle. If you're missing several teeth due to decay, gum disease, or neglect, dental implants could be a solution for you if you're not open to removable options such as dentures.

What are dentures?

Dentures are a replacement solution for someone who is missing all their teeth or who will soon be missing all their teeth. Dentures are a piece of plastic with teeth on it that covers the roof of your mouth. However, they can cause discomfort and may limit the types of food you can eat. Over time, they can also result in a decline of the jawbone.

What are the advantages of a dental implant compared to other solutions?

One of the main advantages of dental implants is that they stimulate the bone, which helps prevent it from dissolving away over time. Dental implants also allow you to floss and clean around them like you would a natural tooth. They reduce the worry about pressure or pain from chewing, allowing you to eat anything you want.

Can I just take the tooth out and leave it?

While some people choose to do this, it's not advised. Teeth naturally want to be in contact with other teeth, so if a tooth is removed, the remaining teeth may lean or drop down, causing various problems such as food impaction, decay, bone loss, and bite problems.

What's the process for getting a dental implant?

The process for getting a dental implant typically takes seven to eight months. First, the tooth is extracted and we usually grow bone in the hole where the tooth was. After a few months, we put the implant in the bone. In another three months or so, you have a tooth.

How long do implants last?

Implants can last your whole life if properly cared for. Studies show a 95% success rate over 10 years, meaning only 5% of people lose their implant after a decade. Just like with natural teeth, you need to take responsibility for brushing and flossing to ensure the longevity of the implant.

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Change Your Life with Implants

  • Replace one or many teeth with our implant options. You’ll enjoy the feel and function of a strong bite and bettersmiling man jawbone health.
  • Rely on a dentist with over 26 years of experience treating patients. He focuses on building quality relationships with patients, so you can trust his care.
  • You won’t need to see another doctor for any part of your procedure. Dr. Hardcastle places and restores implants and offers advanced options like Hybridge treatment.

Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants in Dallas

If you are missing teeth, life isn’t quite the same anymore. You can’t enjoy your favorite meals as you used to, and you probably feel embarrassed about showing your smile. With our dental implants in Dallas, you’ll find a solution that will give you back what you’ve been missing. This procedure will:

  • Restore chewing power similar to natural teeth
  • Secure dentures without slippery adhesive
  • Protect your oral health and improve jawbone health
  • Make you look younger and healthier
  • Allow you to eat what you want again
  • Give you a boost in confidence

We’d love to show you how implants can transform your life. Call 1-972-931-7114 for an appointment. You can save money on implants by joining our VIP Club.

Discover a Long-Term Solution With an Implant Procedure

We know how important your smile is to you. It’s what people notice about you first, and it’s often part of the lasting impression you leave on others. Acting as artificial tooth roots, implants will restore the strength of your teeth and give you a lifelong foundation for your new smile. Dr. Hardcastle will work with you on identifying your best implant option, according to your oral health and personal needs.

He may recommend:

  • A Single Crown With an Implant – If you’ve lost a single tooth, we can replace it with a porcelain crown that will blend in naturally with your smile.
  • Implant-Supported Bridge – Instead of anchoring a bridge to healthy teeth, we can use implants to support it instead. It’s a great way to replace several missing teeth in a row.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures – Keep your dentures in place with implants. You’ll have a more secure set of teeth and be able to enjoy the crunchy foods you’ve been avoiding. Best of all, no more adhesive!
  • Hybridge Implants – Restore your smile with an implant procedure that uses fewer implants to replace a full arch of teeth. It takes less time, so you can have your new smile in weeks rather than months.
  • All-on-6 Implants – We can use six implants to replace your missing teeth and secure your new smile for better oral function.
  • Full Mouth Reconstruction – When you need to rebuild your smile, whether it’s due to severe disease or tooth loss, we’ll develop a comprehensive treatment plan that uses implants to restore your best feature.

There’s no reason to be nervous about implant treatment. We have dental sedation through laughing gas that gives you a sense of calm. Or you can choose oral sedation with a small pill to take before your appointment. If you choose oral sedation, you’ll need to arrange for a ride home.

In addition, we offer amenities to help you feel comfortable. You can cozy up with a warm towel, blanket, or pillow. You can even watch TV to distract yourself during the appointment. We don’t mind!

If you’re ready for a fully functioning smile with dental implants in Dallas, call 1-972-931-7114 for an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.

We Use Technology to Plan Your Successful Implant Procedure

Technology not only makes your appointments quicker, it also makes treatments less stressful. Plus, we use state-of-the-art equipment to plan procedures like dental implants. Some of the technology we use includes:

  • Digital X-rays – We prefer digital X-rays because they use 90 percent less radiation compared to traditional X-ray equipment. Since it’s faster, you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair.
  • Intraoral Camera – They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With this tiny handheld wand camera, Dr. Hardcastle can show you the inside of your mouth so you know why we’re suggesting certain treatments.
  • 3-D Imaging – When we’re planning implants, we need a complete view of your bone health and mouth to plan your procedure. This 3-D technology scans your entire mouth to ensure the success of your procedure.
  • Soft Tissue Lasers – Whether we are reshaping your gumline or treating gum disease, this laser technology means faster healing and quicker procedures.

By combining modern technology with up-to-date patient treatment techniques, your experience with us will exceed your expectations. Call 1-972-931-7114 today to schedule your consultation to learn more about dental implants in Dallas.

Common Questions About Dental Implants

Dental implants are small posts made from titanium that your dentist inserts into your jawbone to serve as replacement teeth roots. If you are missing one or more teeth, implants function as a base for several types of new replacement teeth, including crowns, bridges, dentures, and full arches of fixed teeth.

Our patients usually experience only mild discomfort after getting their new implants. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to ensure your mouth is numb and you don’t feel any pain. Plus, we offer sedation to help you relax and eliminate any dental anxiety you may experience.

A dental implant requires a sufficient amount of healthy bone to fuse with, so we’ll make sure your bone is in good shape before we begin your treatment. After your implants are placed, they will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once your implants are fully fused, there is little chance they will come loose, although the replacement teeth anchored to them will need to be replaced periodically.